published Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Rock City's EarthDayz is naturally fun - April 18-20

Visitors can scale the 25-foot climbing wall during Rock City's EarthDayz celebration.
Visitors can scale the 25-foot climbing wall during Rock City's EarthDayz celebration.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

■ What: EarthDayz.

■ When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 18-20 (park open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).

■ Where: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain.

■ Admission: $19.95 adults, $11.95 children 3-12 (additional charge for some activities).

■ Phone: 706-820-2531.

■ Website: www.seerockcity.com/earthdayz.

■ Note: Fairytale Nights continues 5-8 p.m. daily through April 20.

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    Cafe 7, located on the terrace at Lover’s Leap at Rock City, has opened on a four-day schedule.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

It's not just spring that's sprouting on Lookout Mountain. Rock City Gardens gets even greener this weekend with the return of EarthDayz.

The sixth annual celebration, scheduled 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 18-20, is an early commemoration of Earth Day, a worldwide demonstration of support for environmental protection on Tuesday, April 22.

According to Rock City officials, EarthDayz revolves around the park's commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle, its stewardship of nature and its commitment to education and the environment. The attraction is again partnering with Orange Grove for parkwide recycling pickup.

Here are a few things to expect.

■ Birds of prey shows: John and Dale Stokes of Wings To Soar will discuss their efforts to save American raptors and show off some of their flying friends at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily on the Rock Shop patio. They'll return weekly this summer.

■ RockQuest Adventure: This self-guided adventure includes a free climb on the 25-foot Climbing Wall, a bag of polished rocks and a guide for tracking down the park's geological wonders.

■ Newspapers in nature: Learn how to create a pot from recycled newspapers, then plant a seed and take it home for a watch-it-grow memento. Get more reduce, reuse and recycle lessons during other educational, interactive activities.

■ Rain barrel demonstrations: Learn how to build your own rain barrel as a means to collect rainwater for potted plants or the garden.

■ Easter Bunny: He'll be available for photos Friday and Saturday only, as his Easter duties will keep him hopping Sunday.

If you get hungry during your visit, Cafe 7 has reopened on a four-day schedule (daily hours start Memorial Day). The full-service restaurant is situated on the view-friendly terraces at Lover's Leap.

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